Officials in northwestern Minnesota and North Dakota are assessing the flood damage and checking on levees throughout the region.
Under the Dome
DFLers in the Minnesota House will release their Bonding Bill today.
Both the House and Senate could vote on a fix to Green Acres as early as today.
A DFL House member says oversight of the stimulus bill is lacking.
Gov. Pawlenty says furloughing state workers could help the budget.
Could fuloughs prevent layoffs?
The Star Tribune says the DFL dilemma is figuring out whether to sacrifice K12 or health care from budget cuts.
Minnesota's public defenders are buried by caseloads.
The New York Times profiles HCMC.
Few in the flood zone have flood insurance.
DFL Rep. Collin Peterson got a bird's eye view of the flooding.
President Obama is going to give GM two months to restructure. GM's CEO agreed to step down.
DFL Rep. Tim Walz questions whether cutting farm subsidies will cure the federal deficit.
Two Minnesota counties say they feel left out because of GOP Rep. John Kline's no earmark pledge.
Fox News says GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is managing her candor. The report speculates she may run for governor or senator.
The Hill also says Bachmann is not keeping a low profile.
DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar visits Des Moines, IA.
The Duluth News Tribune says Congress will take less out of your paycheck starting April first. DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar is mentioned.
2008 Race for U.S. Senate
Politico says it's still November for the Senate race.
DFLer Al Franken says he will be seated.
Nasser Kazeminy questions the credibility of an ex-associate in court papers. He was reacting to a deposition that said Kazeminy worked to funnel money to Republican Norm Coleman and his family.
MinnPost handicaps the DFL field.
John McCain says Gov. Pawlenty could be a strong candidate for president.
Posted at 11:04 AM on March 30, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would let all Minnesota residents age 90 or older fish for free.
The measure, which was heard today by the Senate environment and natural resources committee, would issue fishing licenses without a fee to anglers in that age group. The bill is named for Irene Long of Isle, a 91-year-old constituent of Sen. Lisa Fobbe, DFL-Zimmerman. Long told committee members that she wants to keep fishing with her friends on Mille Lacs Lake.
"And when you've got fixed incomes like most of us that's been going, we just would like to have the license even lower or otherwise nothing at all, so we can all go fishing, "Long said. "Because we all have such a wonderful time out there on the lake. We laugh and joke and have a good time."
A DNR official told lawmakers that 937 fishing licenses were issued last year to residents age 90 or older. He did not speak against the bill, but estimated the measure would cost the state about $16,000 a year.
Posted at 11:22 AM on March 30, 2009
by Tom Scheck
Gov. Pawlenty advanced in NPR's 2012 GOP Primary bracket. He now faces South Carolina Sen. Jim Demint. The voting on this appears to be a bit sketchy, however. Some of the biggest GOP heavy weights have lost (Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal were all bounced in the first two rounds).
NPR's Ken Rudin writes that there may have been a little funny business going on with the voting.
Posted at 12:42 PM on March 30, 2009
by Tim Pugmire
Gov. Tim Pawlenty makes another trip to Moorhead this afternoon to meet with state and local officials who are working on flood efforts.
A news release from the governor's office says Pawlenty will attend a briefing with Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland, City Manager Michael Redlinger, Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist, Moorhead Police Chief David Ebinger, FEMA officials and others. The governor will is also meet with some of the nearly 700 Minnesota National Guard soldiers who are currently on duty in the Red River Valley.
Posted at 3:32 PM on March 30, 2009
by Tom Scheck
DFL Rep. Alice Hausman released her bonding bill proposal today. Hausman said she would have liked the bill to be larger but said the proposal is linked with the DFL House budget plan. The Senate plan would cost the state $329 million. GOP House Minority Leader Marty Seifert said the projects are "nice" but are not needed at this time. Here's the House plan:
Here's a link in case you can't see the file.